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Where did the French Bouffard family come from? What is the French Bouffard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bouffard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bouffard family history?

The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Bouffard. Bouffard is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. These were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bouffard, Buffard, Boufort, Bouffort, Bouford, Boufford, Buford, Bufford, Buffort and many more.

First found in Bourgogne.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bouffard research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1830, 1843, 1885, 1891, and 1898 are included under the topic Early Bouffard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 142 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bouffard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouffard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jaques Bouffard was married in 1680 and had 10 children

Bouffard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Martin Bouffard, archbishop of Rouen, Normandy, who settled in Ile D'Orleans, Quebec and resided there for many years before his death in 1639

Bouffard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Bouffard, who emigrated from St. Laurant, settled in Ile D'Orleans, Quebec in 1709
  • François Bouffard settled in St-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud in 1726


  • Auguste-Désiré Bouffard (1854-1916), French agronomist
  • Léon Bouffard (1893-1981), Swiss pole vault athlete
  • Jean Bouffard (1800-1843), Canadian notary and political figure in Lower Canada
  • Édouard Bouffard (1858-1903), Canadian lawyer and political figure in Quebec
  • Patrick Bouffard, master player and composer of the hurdy-gurdy, in the Bourbonnais and Auvergne traditions
  • Paul Henri Bouffard (1895-1966), Canadian lawyer, professor and politician, member of the Canadian Senate (1946-1966)


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  8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Bouffard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bouffard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 April 2014 at 12:03.

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